What happens at Catholic Advocacy Day

Restorative justice, repeal maximum family grant, economic relief for teachers

The following comes from an April 25 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: Catholics from around California converged on Sacramento to visit their elected representatives and advocate for legislation on Catholic Advocacy Day. The issues they discussed on April 19 ranged from additions to the assisted-suicide legislation passed last year, and matters of restorative … [Read more...]

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Atheist sues Santa Clara over Christian cross at public park

Says it violates the separation of church and state

The following comes from an April 22 Mercury News article by Joe Rodriguez: SANTA CLARA -- A local atheist and a national group that advocates for the strict separation of church and state have sued the city to remove a large, white Christian cross at a public park where an 18th century Spanish Catholic mission once stood. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, resident Andrew … [Read more...]

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Senator Barbara Boxer attacks Catholic priest for questioning global warming

Politically conservative Father Robert Sirico gets lectured by California senator during hearings on global warming

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxGZb2GgdaM The following comes from an April 14 Daily Caller article by Michael Bastach: California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer went after a Catholic priest in a Wednesday hearing for supposedly questioning the pope’s statements on the dangers of man-made global warming. “So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate … [Read more...]

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Concord priest leads contingent of Catholics at city council meeting

Group's concerns were low-income housing and 'living wages'

The following comes from an April 11 Catholic Voice article: A contingent of Roman Catholic priests, parish staff members and parishioners were among the more than 200 people who crowded into a Concord City Council meeting April 5. On the agenda was a vote to choose a developer to turn the former Concord Naval Weapons Station into residential, commercial and office … [Read more...]

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Climate change is a moral issue, Bishop Blaire says

Diocese of Stockton joins Catholic groups to support clean power regulations

The following comes from an April 6 California Catholic Conference news release: The Diocese of Stockton, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and facing immense environmental challenges, has joined the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as other Catholic and faith groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on … [Read more...]

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California bishops among sponsors of $15 minimum wage

Historic bill goes to Governor Brown's desk; he has 12 days to take action

The following comes from a March 31 news release from Senator Mark Leno:  SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature became the first in the nation to approve a $15 minimum wage with the passage of Senate Bill 3 today. The historic legislation, which will help lift California’s low-wage earners out of poverty, is jointly authored by Senators Mark Leno, Kevin de León and Connie … [Read more...]

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Change in Vatican protocol reflects outreach to the divorced-and-remarried

Catholic heads of state in 'irregular' marriages can meet Pope Francis as a couple

The following comes from a March 12 Catholic News Agency article by Andrea Gagliarducci: With an eye toward divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Pope Francis has recently changed protocol for heads of state who are visiting the Pope at the Vatican. Catholic heads of state who are in an irregular marital situation may now take part in an official visit to the Pope as a … [Read more...]

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